Thursday, September 09, 2021

Automotif CCXLVIII...

Eventually one of everything will drive by the corner of College Avenue and 54th Street. In this case, it's a late Forties Studebaker Business Coupe. I'm not well enough versed in Studebaker lore to identify it better than that, so far. I'm digging around for a good ID guide online.

It's certainly noticeable when surrounded by modern traffic. I'm getting increasingly fascinated by the early postwar pontoon-fender styling, before the rolling Wurlitzer chrome excesses of the Fifties and their subsequent bat-winged tail-finned successors. It wasn't until the "fuselage" styling of the late Sixties that Detroit cars would again have such clean lines.

It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that this car was probably about 39 years old when I graduated high school, and that, relatively speaking, that's how old a 1982 Plymouth Reliant would be to a member of the Class of 2021. (In an eerie parallel, Studebaker had been defunct nineteen years at the time, and Plymouth was shuttered in 2001...)